My name is Ened McNett. I am a 36-year-old, formerly homeless, queer, future livestock veterinarian.
I was an 8th grade drop-out. At 23-years-old, I earned my GED and Associate of Arts at a community college while working as a waitress. Then I began working on ranches, where I discovered a passion for ruminants, naturally turning towards veterinary medicine. I completed a BS in biology at Northern New Mexico College, working as a ranch hand and research assistant. I am now a rising third year at OSU CCVM. I live just outside of Corvallis with my painfully attractive spouse, 8 Clun Forest sheep, 3 Alpine goats, 2 brown dogs, 1 black cat and a lovely pumpkin patch.
When first considering veterinary medicine, I called a mentor with a concern that “people like me” do not become veterinarians. Her response was, “ Ened, every veterinarian you have ever met has done a series of things to become a veterinarian. If you begin today to do those things, one at a time, then one day you will wake up and find you are a veterinarian”. Consider this if you are wondering if there is a place for you in veterinary medicine.